Our Home, A Place Of Work & Educational Center
Our land is situated on the 93 acres in the beautiful Mad River Valley. The land's rich mosaic of soil types and microclimates supports a broad diversity of flora and fauna. Seven acres of river bottom fields are at the confluence of the Mad River and Dowsville Brook and a six acre upper-field sits a few hundred feet higher, adjacent to the cohousing community. The land abuts the local public middle and high school and connected through well traveled trails.
Our community knowledge base of mindful, progressive and traditional land ethics provide the lens from which we make our stewardship decisions. Our agricultural and silvicultural practices are informed through permaculture principles, designed in a collaborative manner and undertaken with human and horse power. We provide land development consultation.
Living Tree Land is adjacent to Harwood Middle and High School by trail. Our location provides us an amazing oppurtunity to work as a permant learning labaratory for teachers and students to work on projects outside of the classroom. We will be offering apprenticeships and providing food for the school's cafeteria in collaboration with students, teachers and administration.
Apprenticeships / Trade Education
At Living Tree Alliance you will learn all the skills of building local community from plowing the land with horses, organizing our pilgrimage festivals, blacksmithing and teaching local students about the lands of their school. Rustic accommodations are provided and time is provided to keep up a second job. Interns will help to produce items for our ongoing cottage industries of breadmaking, metal craft, candle making and others. Trade education oppurtunities available upon request.
Emphasizing hands-on, real-world learning experiences, a placemaking approach to education increases academic achievement, helps students develop stronger ties to their community, enhances students’ appreciation for the natural world, and creates a heightened commitment to serving as active, contributing citizens.
Community vitality and environmental quality are improved through the active engagement of local citizens, community organizations, and environmental resources in the life of the school.”
- David Sobel